Celebrating Canada’s physicians
Every day, physicians go above and beyond to care for their patients and build a stronger health care system. As we celebrate National Physicians' Day, the CMA is recognizing all physicians’ commitment to improving the health of Canadians and strengthening the medical profession.
We're taking the first 10 days of May to highlight the work of 10 of our members, selected as the 2019 CMA Award winners.
Dr. Ak'ingabe Guyon
“When there are decisions that go against the health of my patients, I have to do something, so speaking out about the weakening of public health was imperative."about Dr. Ak'ingabe Guyon
Dr. Ali Damji
“Growing up, hearing these stories (about my own family's refugee experience) made me realize the power of advocacy and looking out for those around you, and I’ve always tried to champion that.”about Dr. Ali Damji
Dr. Danielle Martin
"Policy only matters to the lives of real people when it’s made concrete and granular in our health system organizations — as clinicians we all want to see the change and we want to make the change."about Dr. Danielle Martin
Dr. David-Martin Milot
"I grew up with a concern for equality, questioning why some people do better than others in terms of their mental and physical health. As a physician, I can ask those questions and perhaps have a louder voice.”about Dr. David-Martin Milot
Dr. Mamta Gautam
"We're seeing greater numbers of women in medicine, but there's still a huge gap between the number who’ve actually achieved leadership roles."about Dr. Mamta Gautam
Dr. Vivian McAlister
"It changes the morale of our fighting men and women to know we’re going to be there and that we have a successful record of bringing them home in the best condition possible."about Dr. Vivian McAlister
Dr. Sheila Wang
“When I went into medical school, I wanted to improve upon what I saw and make a difference in patient care.”about Dr. Sheila Wang
"Doctors have the great privilege of having the public’s trust. This trust allows them to influence policy-makers and corporate leaders to work collectively for the common good.”about Charles-Antoine Barbeau-Meunier
Dr. Alika Lafontaine
"When it comes to advocacy, you create the forum and context and then let people have their own conversations about what they want to create."about Dr. Alika Lafontaine
“It’s important to set those aspirational goals. In my opinion, it’s better to aim for a big goal and fall short then to have never tried at all.”about Philip Edgcumbe
CMA Awards and Nominations
The CMA Awards recognize the dedication, successes and talents of Canadians who are making significant contributions to our health and health care.about CMA Awards and Nominations
Driving meaningful change in health care
Advocating on issues that matter to the profession and their patients
With cannabis use now legal in Canada, we continue to advocate for a science-based, public health approach to the substance — and actively support physicians with information and resources about cannabis use for medical purposes.
Physician Health and Wellness
Patient care can suffer when physicians don’t care for themselves. The CMA is highlighting the importance of physician health and wellness through our policies, advocacy and research.
about Physician Health and Wellness